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Subaru Legacy Electrical Problems and Repair Histories

Subaru Legacy repairs by problem area

Engine (31%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (10%)

Brakes and Traction Control (8%)

Suspension and Steering (18%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (18%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (10%)

Other (5%)

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Subaru Legacy electrical repair cost distribution

$2500+ (3%)

$1000 - $2499 (11%)

$500 - $999 (10%)

$100 - $499 (52%)

< $100 (24%)

Chart based on 129 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2015 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

256-horsepower 3.6L H6 6-speed shiftable CVT AWD

4000 mi Trunk release button in dash was non-functional 
7000 mi Hazard light switch was non-functional. 

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2015 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

175-horsepower 2.5L H4 6-speed shiftable CVT AWD

SRVD (Subaru Rear Vehicle Detection) failed 3x. Subaru of America is aware and is researching a resolution. 
4300 mi Rear radar failed several times. Dealer installed update sensors. 
8000 mi Radio 
3000 mi Had a problem with the starter solenoid. Solenoid was replaced and no more problem. 
4340 mi Having difficulty starting. Dealer checked battery and it was faulty. Replaced under warranty. 
8700 mi Head unit for radio/GPS needed replacing 

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2014 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

173-horsepower 2.5L H4 6-speed shiftable CVT AWD

17000 mi The driver door window switch was not working so the window was not able to go up or down. 

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2013 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

173-horsepower 2.5L H4 6-speed shiftable CVT AWD

2000 mi Servo motor for ac out side vent jammed and broke. AC would make a loud thumping noise when turning on or switch outside air on. 
4000 mi Dead battery after no use for 10 days. Recharged battery and could find no problem why battery went dead. 
7300 mi

US $50
Battery was on the verge of dying even though vehicle is less than 1 year old. Cold starts were nearly failing. Suspected bad battery but I purchased a Battery Tender and fully charged up the battery just to see. Have not had issues since. 
44000 mi

US $282
Steering wheel button: Call END button failed. 
21000 mi back-up camera functioning intermittently 
43400 mi

C $70
Drivers side headlight burnt out, only cost $30 for bulb and instillation as it was done during an oil change. Passenger side headlight burnt out 9 days after drivers side was replaced (about 2 weeks after i noticed drivers side bulb was burnt out)keep in mind i commute 2-3 hours a day often in the dark. 

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2012 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 265hp 2.5L H4 6-speed manual AWD

14000 mi

US $65
Auto Headlight sensor was replaced as it was not functioning. Headlights were not coming on automatically. 
34700 mi Automatic headlight sense needed to be replaced for the 2nd time. 
28000 mi

US $50
Headlights are extremely difficult for the owner to repair without fender or bumper removal. Not a 10 minute driveway repair for sure. 
45000 mi

US $140
Both headlights burned out w/in 24hrs of each other, 2nd headlight replacement in 2 years. Both side-marker lights burned out, required bumper removal to repair. 
6200 mi Sensor was replaced under warranty 

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2012 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 6-speed shiftable CVT AWD

38000 mi Sunroof stuck open. Technician replaced sunroof rail system. Sunroof stuck open. Technician replaced sunroof rail system. Covered by extended warranty. 
30300 mi Seats could not be adjusted. A fuse had blown. 
39700 mi Bad wiring in automatic seat adjustment under drivers side causes fuse to blow often. This was not covered under warranties. 
54000 mi

US $50
Both low beam headlights burnt out and were replaced.rna REAL pain to replace. 
65000 mi

US $18
Puddle lights left side shorted out, cooking the front puddle light assembly and blowing the inline (NON_REPLACEABLE) fuse. I rebuilt the module. New current limit resistor, new capacitor, resealed. Bypassed inline fuse with new inline fuse 
74000 mi replaced both low beam headlights as they both burnt out within one week of each other. 
85300 mi Replaced both front low beam headlights a third time. It is not an easy replacement on this car. You need to jack up the front end, remove the wheel, remove the inner fender and then you can get at the headlight for replacement.  
100000 mi Low beam headlight drivers side replaced yet again 

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2012 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 6-speed manual AWD

28000 mi Effluent hose was clogged. Effluent ended up on front passenger side foot well. 

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2012 Subaru Legacy 4-door

4-cylinder automatic AWD

48980 mi warranty repair - air conditioning condensation was draining into the cabin, hoses rerouted. 
52080 mi

C $800
Headlight and tailight bulbs burnt / replaced. 

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2011 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 265hp 2.5L H4 6-speed manual AWD

47120 mi

€1370
Legacy 2010 and early 2011 had issues with poor efficiency of headlights. I tried to change the xenon bulb, but no cure. Due to this I had to change both headlights on my car. 
21700 mi

C $140
Replace daytime light sensor. 

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2011 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

256-horsepower 3.6L H6 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

3000 mi Built-in Nav system screen does not dim automatically when lights are switched on. Result is a too bright screen that is bothersome when driving at night. Dealer could not fix and said they would consult with Subaru.No response yet.  
9700 mi Nav dispay does not darken automatically when lights come on. 
19000 mi Heater not working properly 
96000 mi

US $100
Headlight replacement 
102700 mi

US $800
Seven light bulbs needed to be replaced 
46000 mi

US $56
Front D/S low-beam headlamp need to be replaced. To do this, they had to remove the battery and other items, and then replace the headlamp. Took about an hour to complete. 

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2011 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 6-speed shiftable CVT AWD

19000 mi My passenger headlight bulb went out. I took it to the dealer and was repaired for free under the warranty. Dealer told me that if it goes out again, they will have to look at the electrical connectors. 
19000 mi My driver's side headlight bulb went out exactly a month after my passenger headlight bulb went out. Went back to Richard Lucas Subaru and was not charged for the bulb as the car is still under warranty. 
20500 mi Battery was replaced after 2 years due to being "weak" 
6000 mi Replaced seat heater on driver's side. 
7512 mi Automatic headlights turn on and off constantly. 
59000 mi Never fixed automatic headlights. 
30000 mi Steering wheel volume control not working properly. Will not adjust volume up. Part ordered during earlier trip. 
35500 mi

US $600
Passenger power seat switch was sticking and was replaced. Still sticking. 
13000 mi Volume control switch on steering wheel only worked intermittently. Switches replaced. 
30000 mi TPMS system was acting crazy. Check and clear codes. 
35500 mi wiper system overheated and "melted" causing under-hood smoke and smoke coming into the interior vents. Replaced wiper motor cover (again) and wiper motor. 
7000 mi passenger seatbelt and airbag sensor stayed on whether or not passenger in seat 
55000 mi

US $29
Passenger side headlight replaced. Due to poor design, hard to do. 
69000 mi

US $60
Replace headlight bulb. Should be easy, but poor design makes this difficult. 
14000 mi Volume fluctuations; new amp on order 
15000 mi TSB for radio amplifier; covered by TSB replacing amp with one with new software. 
35000 mi

US $100
Drivers door would not unlock using key fob, had to manually use key in door. Power lock actuator switch was replaced under warranty (had $100 extended warranty deductible). 
51000 mi

US $300
bad fuse for headlights 

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2011 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 6-speed manual AWD

14251 mi Driver side headlamp replaced.. failed part.. under warranty. 
17322 mi Passenger side headlamp out.. bulb failed.. Warranty 
27783 mi Taken in for burnt out passenger side, side marker. Found driver side headlamp failed and replaced... Warranty 
28945 mi Ahh.. here is the replacement of the passenger side, side marker.. Warranty 
33785 mi Driver side head lamp failure (3rd time) and driver side, side marker failure.. Warranty. Anyone else see a problem here??? 

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2010 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 265hp 2.5L H4 6-speed manual AWD

24000 mi Steering wheel audio/cruise controls failed. Replaced wiring harness under warranty. 
24000 mi Steering wheel controls for Bluetooth and radio inoperable. 3rd trip to dealer for issue, finally replicated. Parts ordered, car will return to dealer when parts arrive. 
26000 mi Replaced steering wheel controls. 
20000 mi Volume control on steering wheel works sporadically. Dealer said they couldn't replicate problem, so they couldn't fix what they determined wasn't broken. 
26700 mi steering-wheel volume control was inoperable. Tech said a wire in the wheel was pinched. He fixed it. 
73620 mi

C $20
Low beam headlight was burnt out. Replaced bulb 

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2010 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

256-horsepower 3.6L H6 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

24500 mi Fuse #34 blew. Problem was with dealer installed "puddle lights." Lights shorted out and fried the body control module. There is a recall for this problem. Dealer did not have the parts in stock to repair this known problem. Dealer replaced four puddle lights, wiring harness and added an in-line fuse under a recall. A short in the puddle lights caused the body control module to fail. That part was replaced under warranty. Car in the shop for six days. 
45100 mi

C $15
L headlamps pigtail failed due to heat damage relating to poor connection. 3 headlamps replaced annually prior to replacement harness(aftermarket) so far so good. 
49560 mi Subaru replaced a missing nav DVD with a burned copy. Soon afterwards the audio system volume started to increase on its own and slow nav. Switched to different nav DVD, cleared up. 
58300 mi

C $12
L headlamp bulb replaced. L headlamp failed regularly until I replaced the pigtail for bulb. 

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2010 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 6-speed shiftable CVT AWD

13000 mi Passenger side power forward and backward switch working only in backward motion. Dealer inspected and ordered a new switch. 
22300 mi Tire pressure monitoring system dash warning light on. Tire pressure ok and car works fine. 
58280 mi air bag dash light came on intermittently. dealer replaced sensor still came on for awhile but eventually went out. 
3000 mi Fuel economy gauge died then came back to life ater like 5 miles. They said nothing was wrong so they didn't fix it. (Still no change in the status of the sunroof that drips in carwashes.) 
124000 mi

US $75
Passenger headlight goes out 2-3X a year. Dealer says there is no problem. 
69000 mi

US $100
Replaced left and right headlamps.  
79700 mi

US $65
Replace Headlight bulbs... again. 
130000 mi

US $1760
side markers, DRL bulbs 
138000 mi The horn continuously sounds. Airbag and roll connector. 
127500 mi

US $395
Steering wheel Stero Controls 
72500 mi Steering wheel stereo controls failed. Unit replaced. 
1700 mi Front Passenger seatbelt latch replaced under warranty due to it vibrating during normal driving. 
19000 mi

US $168
Brake light LED's were not all coming on. Light replaced. 
32300 mi Lumbar support was not working. Repaired at dealer under warranty. 
41257 mi

C $252
The car was towed to a local shop as it would not start (battery fine) Shorted wires from the ECM (in engine compartment) has caused the ignition coil fuse to to blow. Wires were fixed, fuse replaced and it started, Engine light on now The car was towed to a local shop as it would not start (battery fine) Shorted wires from the ECM (in engine compartment) has caused the ignition coil fuse to to blow. Wires were fixed, fuse replaced and it started, Engine light on now Three lights now flashing in instrument panel, parking brake, traction control and engine light. Also cruise flashing. Shop says its the O2 sensor but the car runs perfect. just traded this in for a 2013, not sure the issue 
59000 mi

US $130
battery replacement 

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2010 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 6-speed manual AWD

22780 mi

C $90
Both low beams quit working at the same time. 

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2009 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 148hp 2.0L H4 Diesel 5-speed manual AWD

151020 mi

€350
Electical mirror did not work anymore - leading to long rattling. Had to be replaced - hence quite high cost 

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2009 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 243hp 2.5L H4 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

17000 mi radio and a/c display disappeared suddenly. a/c still worked but can't change radio stations or audio mode (eg- change from radio to cd). dealer replaced radio to correct problem 
63000 mi Airbag light came on. Resoldered joints in over head light to fix. Dealer was to install a replacement. 
65000 mi

US $250
Had to replace battery. Had to replace front headlight. 

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2009 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed shiftable automatic AWD

11700 mi One of the door sensors broke because the seat belt jammed the sensor when door was closed. 
28000 mi A front airbag sensor needed to be replaced because the airbag light in the dash intermittently lit up when driving. 
33000 mi New Compressor 
24000 mi

US $100
ac wasn't cooling adequately. 
1000 mi Heater not blowing hot. repaired quickly and properly. Needed a sensor I believe. 
6000 mi Drivers door lock malfunctioned. Repaired no problem since. 
17000 mi Brake reservoir replaced earlier. Warning light returned but it seems warning light was for tire pressure not brakes. Told in cold weather tire warning light comes on prematurely (only down 3 lbs. pressure). Told this was a common problem. 

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2008 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 243hp 2.5L H4 6-speed manual AWD

86700 mi The map/navigation is not working on the display. The error reads "The DVD is not a Map DVD." We have not changed anything to create the error, it just came up one day when I went to use the navigation. 
96000 mi The navigation wasn't working. Found that there was a burned DVD in the system rather than an original Subaru DVD. Replacement costs $600. 

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2008 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 243hp 2.5L H4 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

73000 mi AC was not cooling 
7000 mi Radio and climate unit would periodically go blank, yet still function to an extent. To fix it the car would need to be shut off and restarted. Radio was replaced under warranty. 

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2008 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 243hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

31000 mi Headlights burned out 
61000 mi

US $400
Airbag harness connecting to passenger side went bad. 
620 mi Starter failed and was replaced (with 200km's on a brand new car!!). 
69440 mi

C $100
AC drain tube was clogged and draining into interior of car. Drain tube was cleared and re-installed. 
94400 mi

C $400
A/C drain hose was blocked and drain water was entering in passenger foot well. 2nd time this has happened. Subaru repaired it free of charge. 

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2008 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed shiftable automatic AWD

78000 mi Airbag light comes on intermittenly Radio does not turn on 
100300 mi Air conditioning was poor. Found condenser was leaking. Replaced and rexharged. Alternator was working, but noisy. Replaced it. 
31000 mi Right brake light was out. Replaced at dealership. 
31000 mi Passenger side low beam headlamp burned out and then the driver side low beam headlamp burned out 5 days later. Both headlamps were replaced under warranty. 
8000 mi Remote start reprograming to the keys. 

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2008 Subaru Legacy 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel manual AWD

46500 mi

$100
Seat heater adjustment knob wasn't working properly. According to mechanic there was a connection problem, solved by tweaking the pins to make sure the cable was firmly attached. 

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2007.5 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

245-horsepower 3.0L H6 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

91760 mi

$300
Rear passenger side window motor had failed 

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2007 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

175-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

105400 mi

C $160
Run gps and phone charger...battery had to be replaced. 
22940 mi Replaced low beam and interior light bulb. 
27280 mi

$16800
Battery was run flat, and when recharged was deemed old and to be replaced. 
28300 mi

$23
Headlight bulb failed and needed to be replaced 
35640 mi

$44
headlight bulb replaced. 

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2007 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

175-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed shiftable automatic AWD

173000 mi AC not working. Gauge showing overcharged. Did not investigate further. 

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2007 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 243hp 2.5L H4 6-speed manual AWD

39300 mi

C $250
AC pulley replaced to correct squealing noise. 

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2007 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 243hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

17800 mi Dome light went out, dealer replaced under warranty. 

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2007 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

175-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

95000 mi

US $500
Starter needed to be replaced and neutral safety switch 

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2007 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

175-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed shiftable automatic AWD

53000 mi

US $130
battery repeated lost charge. had to jump the car twice in one day. replaced the battery and the car starts great again. 
30000 mi Headlight bulb replaced. 
58000 mi

US $35
Driver side headlight bulb was replaced 
61000 mi

US $30
Passenger side headlight bulb was replaced 
61000 mi

US $323
Radio frequently glitched/garbled on its display. Read online that this was a common issue among this stereo model. 
63000 mi It had some head unit issues where radios and ac unit will come on and off randomly when the car has been sitting out under the sun. Not worth taking the dash off and replacing the head unit. but overall a great car. 

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2006 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 250hp 2.5L H4 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

57040 mi

C $37
wires that feed current to fog lights was cut and needed repair. 
45880 mi

$1500
Aircon cooling coil leaked/replaced 

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2006 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

175-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

11000 mi Occasional speaker buzz, inspected and fixed by dealer at no charge. 
79000 mi

US $10
Left headlight burned out. 
82000 mi

US $90
Air conditioning not as cold as before. Performed A/C recharge service. 
90700 mi

US $10
right headlight burned out 
102920 mi

C $180
Heat/AC air blower motor had a noise the increase in frequency with with each increase in motor speed selected. Replaced blower motor. 

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2006 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

175-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed shiftable automatic AWD

62000 mi

US $96
Rear hatch lock no longer functional. Wires running through rubber boot between car and hatch were cracked and broken. Spliced broken wire and wrapped other wires with electrical tape. 

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2006 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 250hp 2.5L H4 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

65100 mi

C $400
and changed alternator. 
107000 mi

US $240
R&R Battery electrical harness 
130000 mi

US $2200
Replace A/C compressor and other components 
35000 mi

US $50
Driver's door switch failed. Purchased new one from dealer and replaced in parking lot. 
58500 mi

US $165
Battery died 

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2006 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 250hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

79150 mi Took off driver's side mirror and repaired the LED turn signal light (reseated and cleaned contacts) 

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2006 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

175-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

22000 mi Not blowing cold air. System checked and was properly filled and normal working order. My son,s 2005 Legacy gt has colder air than mine. I was told this is normal 
22500 mi Open blocked ac drain tube 
22940 mi Replaced cabin fan motor under warranty 
33294 mi Replaced battery under warranty 

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2005 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 250hp 2.5L H4 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

86000 mi

US $80
drivers side front door lock actuator not functioning. 
127000 mi Control panel for the radio and HVAC (all one unit) malfunctioned. Heater was stuck on High and radio only worked on one station (could not change). Panel replaced. 
79000 mi

US $415
Intermittent fault in dashboard causes "illumination level" setting to appear on odometer, even though ilumination level dial is not being adjusted. Dash temperature readout no longer accurately reflects outside temps. 
63000 mi

US $325
BLOWER FAN AND HOSES REPLACED, MISC. 

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2005 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 250hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

114000 mi

US $15
minor; passenger side low-beam headlight. Simple DIY replacement $14 I've had the car since 107K, so no idea how many miles on that bulb. 
135000 mi Screw fell in blower motor and made a lot of noise. Removed blower to remove screw. 
135000 mi

US $150
A/C not working unless engine under (slight) load. Diagnosed as low r134a. Diagnosed but not fixed because mechanic doesn't have a license for that purpose. (Originally believed to be AC fan, but working normally) 
134500 mi

US $228
Starter was going bad (bendix going out) and was replaced with remanufactured unit. 
114300 mi

US $150
Air conditioner relay failed. Diagnosis involved testing AC refrigerant charge and pulling and testing the relay. Relay was non-functional and replaced. 
127000 mi

US $80
Rear gate wiper motor and wiring harness replaced. 
50000 mi AC capacity was mediocre but tolerable, but evaporator coil would "freeze up" in extended use. Tech said there was no problem but in his vacuum/refill of system apparently fixed something. Increased AC capacity and no freezing up since. 
84700 mi

US $1200
Reduced cooling capacity addressed during major (90k) scheduled maintenance. 
20000 mi Passenger seat belt alarm - parts ordered 
22000 mi Front passenger seatbelt alarm sounds with no passenger in the seat. We have to fasten the seatbelt over the empty seat to silence the alarm. Dealer says they don't know what's wrong after their repair failed after two hours of departing the dealership. 
26000 mi Burnt out headlight- replaced both headlights at no charge. 
57000 mi

US $150
Window motor for driver's door stopped working and was replaced.  
80000 mi

US $20
Replaced left low beam headlight. 
93000 mi

US $15
Replaced passenger low-beam headlight. 
104000 mi

US $16
Replaced yet another driver side headlight. Low beam filament burned out. 
113300 mi

US $16
Passenger side head light replaced due to loss of low beam. 
29000 mi TSB for Key Fob sensitivity. Case and buttons were replaced to prevent accidental activation. 
31000 mi

US $30
Headlamps replaced. The 2005 LGT is notorious for short-lived lamps due to daytime running lights and I'm just out of warranty. 

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2005 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

168-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

82000 mi

US $90
heater core clogged and had no heat on passenger side after January repairs. The internet said it was a common problem for my year Subaru and dealer usually repaired, but I had to pay for them to flush out the cooling system. 
88000 mi

US $300
Dealer said 50 deg. air from AC is too warm, I agreed. They replace AC fluid and added dye, said the old stuff was warn out (didn't think it could go bad). Cost me $300 and it still cools to 50 deg. Warranty runs out in 10 days. 
113460 mi

C $720
Diagnosed and replaced alternator. Advised to replace battery as well. Replaced battery Replaced faulty alternator!! I had to pay for the towing charges but no charge for second alternator or labour. 
95000 mi

US $320
Tailgate electric lock stopped working. Had replaced. 
28000 mi Air Cond Condenser leak 
29000 mi Air conditioning condenser failure. 
59000 mi

US $278
AC failed to cool, dealer evacuated & recharged. Can't find leak. 
62000 mi

US $650
On original trip, dealer could not find leak. On latest trip, dealer found leak in condenser and replaced condenser. 

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2005 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

168-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed shiftable automatic AWD

79000 mi

US $50
Replace headlight bulb 
84060 mi

C $350
Left rear door lock actuator and cable seized and replaced. Door would not open. 
117180 mi

C $400
Wiring in the RH boot to tailgate broke off from flexing. Difficult to repair - mostly labour. 

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2005 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 250hp 2.5L H4 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

55000 mi

US $200
Air conditioner/defroster was cycling cold for only 5 seconds. Recharged freon and performed a leak test. (Leak test was the majority of the cost). No leak found, probably needed recharge based on age. 
71000 mi

US $350
The AC drain tube clogged causing water damage to the heater blower motor. Drain tube was cleared and blower motor replaced. 
50000 mi

US $350
Auto-Climate control (which is integrated into radio unit) was replaced due to loss of all HVAC functionality 
95000 mi Headlights 

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2005 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 250hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

59831 mi

US $195
Recharge, checked for leaks, none found 
71000 mi

US $610
Original battery needed to be replaced. 
73000 mi

US $63
One low beam out, replaced both. 
141700 mi

US $400
A/C compressor seized. Replaced compressor and condensor/dryer assembly. 
155700 mi starter motor stopped working 
106000 mi

US $1100
replaced AC compressor and expansion valve 
29000 mi 6-CD changer would get stuck on one track and constantly repeat or just act like it's playing with no sound. Problem was worse with brand new CD's often locking up by the 3rd track. It would happen often on hot days, but I live in GA so every day is hot. 
34000 mi Front drivers side headlight burned out for the 2nd time in 18 months. Replaced by dealer under warranty. 
47000 mi

US $100
Display on radio-HVAC unit went out, though unit still functioned. Replacement was ordered. Replacement installed approx 1 week later. Paid $100 deductible on extended warranty 

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2005 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

168-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

16120 mi The alarm sound and overhead indicator for the passenger seat belt not used, is actve whether there is a person sitting at the seat or not. The dealer says Subaru is working on the problem 
17980 mi Replaced headlight and no charge do to delay in fixing problem number one. 
22320 mi The four way flashers did not work. Dealer discovered the problem and fixed no charge. 
24180 mi Driver side headlight keeps failing usually in less than a month. Dealer fixed and put in long life bulbs. 

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2005 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

168-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed shiftable automatic AWD

70060 mi

C $10
Right low-beam light burned out. Replaced myself.  
57000 mi

US $22
Driver side headlight bulb OEM 
52060 mi

$270
Rear doors power locks not working. Actuators replaced 

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2004 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

165000 mi A window would not roll up. 
45000 mi Front driver's side speaker stopped working, continues not to work to this day. Removed speaker, tests fine, so the fault is in the wiring somewhere. 
55000 mi Poor power window operation. Removed door panel, found five loose bolts in regulator. No lock nuts applied at factory, huge pain in the ass, and the other window is rattling now, too. 
119300 mi

US $1400
Battery failed while in the shop 

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2004 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

95000 mi

US $6
Tail light replacement. Took about 20 minutes by the time panels were popped off and dropped hardware fished out of the compartment. Bulbs are a frequent maintenance item on this car, the tail light is the only hard one I've found. 
105000 mi

US $586
Air conditioning service, recharged to appropriate level, installed dye to check for refrigerant leak ($147). 
109000 mi

US $266
Check engine light on with engine missing on uphill climbs causing check engine light to flash. Replaced spark plugs and wires and problem has not returned. 
110000 mi

US $22
Replaced all four light bulbs in instrument cluster, gas gauge and left side of speedometer were dark. Disassembly of dash and center console required. 

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2004 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

123700 mi

US $139
Car needed a recharge (hadn't had one in a long time) 
128000 mi

US $400
No coolant in system - needed recharge Battery cables replaced 
129300 mi

US $495
turn signal replacement 

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2004 Subaru Legacy 4-door

4-cylinder manual 4WD

115320 mi Motor for lock of passenger door sometimes not working. 

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2003 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

149000 mi AC compressor seized at 60 mph. Stalled engine. Restarted, terrible burning smell and noise. Popped hood, found siezed AC compressor. Shut off all HVAC and belt could spin again. Disconnected wire to compressor for now. 
175000 mi Rear windshield wiper got caught on chunk of ice and stripped out the motor's gears. Makes really annoying clicking noise, but won't move wiper 
183000 mi Finally replaced busted rear wiper motor with junkyard unit. 
199000 mi Battery not getting charge from alternator. Replaced battery cables, checked resistance on alternator cable. All good. Added "custom" ground straps to alternator and ground points with welding cable. 
86800 mi

C $800
A/C compressor 
111600 mi When sold needed a new rear wiper motor,  
162000 mi

US $1000
A/C service and recharge 

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2003 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

1500 mi AC condenser drain stopped up and water came into car 
52260 mi

C $400
Electrical also, instrument cluster half of the light bulbs did not lit. 
138260 mi

C $200
Diagnosing no cool air. 
78000 mi

US $360
Dash bulbs (took tech 1 hour to replace) 

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2003 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

142000 mi

US $189
AC did not work 

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2003 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed shiftable automatic AWD

84000 mi

US $230
The air conditioner stopped working. When I took the car to mechanic it was determined that one of the hoses leaked the refrigerant liquid. The part was replaced and new liquid was put in the system. 
99000 mi Subaru original battery prematurely died with only about 25 months of use. Battery was under warranty. Dealer replaced without charge. 
127000 mi

US $400
Alternator failed completely and needed to be replaced. 

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2002 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

145700 mi

US $100
air conditioning compressor clutch was slipping 

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2001 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

144000 mi

US $400
Ac seals replaced 
145700 mi

US $1000
AC compressor 

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2000 Subaru Legacy

Engine not specified

110360 mi

C $250
Alternator 
4000 mi When air conditioning turned on to high all front and side top vents would close shut from air pressure on vents. "clips" could not hold vents open so all vents close when air turned on. They cant repair havent made replacement parts yet. 

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2000 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

151000 mi

US $30
Replaced the AC idler pulley 

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2000 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

186300 mi

US $180
New (remanufactured) alternator installed. Core returned. Installation in parking lot of auto store ~ 40 minutes. 
196000 mi

US $150
Battery would not charge. Replace battery. 
180000 mi

US $100
Battery repeatedly died from cold nights. 
185000 mi AC not working 

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2000 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

127720 mi

C $200
Alternator bearings failed 

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2000 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

81840 mi

C $420
Alternator died in the middle of the road. Car had to be towed to the garage, where it was diagnosed as it was, and then alternator was replaced the next day.  
134000 mi Compressor leak 
139000 mi Dash lights started flickering but managed to get it home. Towed to shop and needed an alternator only. 

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1999 Subaru Legacy

Engine not specified

71000 mi

US $2400
Starter and battery needed to be replaced due to a short in the starter. 

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1999 Subaru Legacy 4-door

4-cylinder automatic AWD

148000 mi

US $93
Starter was dead 

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1998 Subaru Legacy 4-door

4-cylinder automatic AWD

170000 mi

US $385
AC compressor failed. Replaced with used compressor. 

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1998 Subaru Legacy 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

86300 mi

US $500
Battery died due to a failing alternator. Both were replaced. 
89000 mi Battery+Brake warning lights would come on intermittently with no discernible problem occurring. 

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1997 Subaru Legacy

Engine not specified

147000 mi

US $125
Bad starter 

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Subaru Legacy Electrical Problems

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